New changes to POCSO Act to protect all children under 12 approved by Cabinet The government approved amendments to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012, to bring punishments for sexual assaults on boys on a par with those against girls. These include the provision of death penalty when the child is... Continued.
In a referendum on June 23, 2016, British citizens voted narrowly in favour of leaving the EU (52% to 48%). IN A SERIES of developments last week, British Prime Minister Theresa May postponed a Parliament vote on her Brexit deal with the European Union, survived a vote of no-confidence from members of her own Conservative... Continued.
On December 1, Canadian authorities at the Vancouver airport arrested Meng Wanzhou while she was switching to another flight. When the news of her detention broke four days later, it spooked the markets, triggered a wave of anger in China and threatened to impair the ties between Beijing and Washington, which were already on edge... Continued.
Irish parliament passes bill to legalise abortion (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)
Background of law Ireland’s parliament has passed a landmark legislation to make abortion legal for the first time in the Catholic-majority country, a “historic moment” which came after an Indian dentist died from blood poisoning in 2012 when the doctors refused her repeated requests to abort the foetus. Ireland voted decisively to change the Constitution... Continued.
There was a prima facie case against him, rules Westminster Magistrates’ Court Chief MagistrateChief Magistrate Emma Arbuthnot ordered businessman Vijay Mallya to be extradited to India, and referred the case to British Home Secretary Sajid Javid for signing the extradition order. Mr. Mallya will now have 14 days to lodge an appeal. Rationale In ruling... Continued.
Kashmir to Middle East, what drives Norwegian efforts to play peacemaker? (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; International Organization and Bilateral Relations)
Last month, former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik visited Srinagar, met with the separatist leadership there and, after returning, went on to visit Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The Indian government has made no comment; the Norwegian Ambassador to India has clarified that it was a personal visit. While the visit has fuelled much speculation about the... Continued.
What is Huawei, and why the arrest of its CFO matters (Relevant for GS Prelims, GS Mains Paper II; IOBR)
What is Huawei? Huawei is a Chinese tech company based in Shenzhen that sells smartphones and telecommunications equipment around the world. Earlier this year, it became the world’s second-largest smartphone maker, behind Samsung, according to IDC. It sells more phones than Apple (AAPL). As one of China’s top champions in the tech sector, Huawei plays... Continued.
Exercise Hand-in-Hand is conducted annually as part of military diplomacy and interaction between armies of India and China. The joint exercise for the year 2018 will be conducted from 10 to 23 December 2018 at Chengdu, China. The aim of the exercise is to build and promote close relations between armies of both the countries... Continued.
Prime Minister Modi, President Vladimir V Putin of Russian Federation and President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China, held a Trilateral Meeting in Buenos Aires. Issues discussed The three leaders exchanged views on expanding mutual cooperation in international forums, and to encourage greater interaction among the three countries. They agreed on the importance... Continued.
Naval cooperation between India and the United Kingdom is based on the long term strategic relationship between both countries. The Bilateral KONKAN exercise provides a platform for the two Navies to periodically exercise at sea and in harbour, so as to build interoperability and share best practices.The KONKAN series of exercises commenced in 2004. (Adapted... Continued.